On a Country report covered by Upper Reach, http://www.upper-reach.com/about, a media Partner to the prestigious The Times of London, DotConnectAfrica and its work on ".africa" was covered as one of the companies highlighting the importance of the internet in Africa and quoted DCA's Executive Director as below.
Innovation sparks ICT growth in net usage in Kenya
Sophia Bekele with PS Dr. Bitange Ndemo, ICT Ministry Kenya ,sharing the .africa project at the DotConnectAfrica stand during AITEC Summit
Pioneering ingenious mobile phone platforms, expanding internet access and plans to create East Africa's new high-tech hub just outside Nairobi are making Kenya a nexus of ICT activity.
Internet has grown significantly and is the highest in the region, rising steadily from an estimated 1.65 million users in 2004 to 6.78 million last year" reported Upper reach .
Sophia Bekele, founder and executive director of DotConnectAfrica, a public-private partnership coordinating an initiative to unite Africa's internet presence through the ".africa" domain, says,"At the moment the internet naming is mainly .com,.org or similar. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to expand this to cover a much wider range of domains allowing more specific identification. ".africa is about bringing Africans together under one identity. This really resonates with Africans because they feel a deep connection to the continent.
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